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Transplanting herbs from an Aerogarden

Moving your hydroponics to soil

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Spring is coming in NY despite this past week’s snowstorm, and gardening calendars tell me I need to start seeds indoors soon. Since I have a 100% kill rate of starting seeds in soil, I thought it best to use my technology enhanced cheat system to give these plant babies a real chance at life.

Ready to be ripped from your warm home?
Original Aerogarden Herb mix, with parsley, dill, Thai basil, Genovese basil, mint, and mint. The “thyme” pod grew a mint plant… Someone’s been unfaithful.

The original herb kit my Aerogarden came with (purchased with?)has been growing for 73 days and is looking good. Time to move you guys out for the next generation of food.

Materials:

  • Odd pots and plant containers left over from last year’s genocide
  • Organic soil- don’t know if I trust MiracleGro to have the highest quality standards for a hippie like me, but that’s all Home Depot had
  • Root fertilizer- found a cool company called ecoscraps that recycles (?) leftover food
  • Strong ass scissors
Finger a hole. Heh heh heh
Loosely packed soil with room for the roots

Step 1: Partially fill a container with soil, and create a space to shove the plant into.

I'm serious about those strong ass shears.
Tread carefully. Roots don’t like to be fondled

Step 2: use your strong ass scissors to cut off the pod legs, and split the upper support to free the peat.

Fertilizer smells like fish. Dogs like fish. Beware of adverse interactions
Didn’t bother reading fertilizer instructions. This looks adequate.

Step 3: Insert plant. Sprinkle fertilizer. Pack with more soil. Water.

Sony Z camera captures light waves! How fascinating/irritating
Final product.

All done! I put some of the weaker looking plants back under the light for a few days to let them get accustomed to their new environment. This entire process took me a good part of the day, but could probably be done in two hours by somebody more competent.

Troubleshooting tips:

Tentacles
Basil, you cray cray
  • The basil roots pretty much ate everyone else around it. I tried being gentle but there was no way to get them out, so I probably ended up ripping about 50% of the roots off to get them out of their house hole.
  • Use a large bowl. There’ll be roots EVERYWHERE.
  • Water your new transplants often- I’d say check on them twice a day. Our rental apt is super dry in the winter and everyone started looking wilty by day two.

    More updates later!

    Bee Feed Flower Mix

    The Sierra Club sent me and a few of my friends some seeds of a “blend of annual and perennial flowers that provide pollen and nectar to wild bees, honey bees, and other pollinators”.

    How the hell did they get my address?
    Sierra club seed packet arrived this winter in the mail, along with a red and bold font, all caps letter telling us the world is ending.

    “Great, I get to do my part in helping bees come back from CCD and mitigate the effects of pesticides and neonicotinoids that are threatening our food supply” I think. Then Cheerios comes out with it’s philanthropic/marketing push and the hippie community explodes about how reckless it is to plant invasive species in non-native areas. Yep, it seems that Sierra Club uses the same mix of irresponsible seeds to help these bees.

    I go back and forth about how it’s so hard to do the right thing these days and if I can’t do it right I shouldn’t do anything at all but I can’t just do nothing and complain about the world… In the end I decide to plant these seeds in the front yard (aka trash area) since it’s surrounded by concrete and brick on all sides anyway and should be relatively contained. Clearly I haven’t put any thought into the evolutionary reason of why plants attract pollinators in the first place and that the buggies will be doing the distribution of invasive flowers in my neighborhood.

    Please stay tuned for a update in 10 years whether Brooklyn is overrun by Chinese forget-me-nots. In the meantime, read this article about jerkface Sarah Bergmann

    http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-case-against-honeybees.amp
    Maybe you can be a part of the pollinator pathway too.